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Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break

Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break is a reality TV series created by GMA Network. This show is the second season of Protégé where Krizza Neri won in 2011. Unlike the previous season, the age limit has been set from 13 to 21 years old to find new acting talent.[1][2] The show premiered on July 23, 2012 (Inside Protégé) and hosted by Jennylyn Mercado and under the direction of Albert Langitan, while the Protégé Gala Night premiered on August 5, 2012 and presented by Dingdong Dantes, together with Carla Abellana and Maxene Magalona. The gala nights were directed by Rommel Gacho.[3]

Protégé: The Battle For The Big Artista Break
Season's title card
Created byGMA Entertainment TV Group
Rommel Gacho
Real Florido
Written byStann Go
Florence Rosini
Directed byAlbert Langitan (Inside Protege)
Rommel C. Gacho (Protege)
Dingdong Dantes
Jennylyn Mercado
Carla Abellana
Maxene Magalona
Bert de Leon
Joey de Leon
Cherie Gil
Annette Gozon-Abrogar
Country of originPhilippines Philippines
No. of episodes77
Executive producer(s)Reylie F. Manalo (Inside Protege)
Erika D.V. De Leon (Protege)
Running time1 hour (Gala night)
15 minutes (Inside Protege)
Original networkGMA Network
Original releaseJuly 23 –
October 21, 2012
External links


Dingdong Dantes serves as the host.

According to the show's fan page, there will be a "new kind of battle".[4] Rumor has it that the incoming season will feature the other talent like acting or dancing and eventually will be an artista search like StarStruck did and it turned out to be true.

The show follows the same format as the previous season, except that it is no longer a singing competition but a talent artista search. Aspirants with ages 13 to 21 will be filtered until the two winners emerge - one male and one female protégé. In this battle, they are looking for a total package - an artist who can sing, dance, act, and possess that charismatic appeal over T.V. Like the first Protégé competition, this season will have judges/mentors who will be responsible for training and mentoring the chosen candidates.

Twenty contestants will then be selected from thousands of hopefuls. These 20 potential artists will live in the Protégé house complete with amenities including bedrooms for each contestant, a living room, dining area with 20 seating capacity, a rehearsal area where they can practice dancing, singing, and acting, and a confession room where they will be asked to explain themselves in case of issues within the house or if a task is to be assigned privately. They will also battle it out head to head for audience votes. The Protégé house was just recently blessed and featured over the news of GMA Network long before contestants reside there.

The winner will get a 5-year contract with GMA Network.

Judges, mentors and coachesEdit



Jolina Magdangal serves as a mentor.

There are five confirmed mentors for this season and their assigned location.[5]


Aside from their respective mentors who serve as their guardian all the way through their journey, the protégés have coaches who also help them improve in their chosen craft.


Cities where the auditions are being held.

Auditions took place in the following cities:[6][7]

Casting Dates Venues City
May 19, 2012 SM City Rosales Rosales
SM City Marikina Marikina
May 26, 2012 SM City Naga Naga
SM City Baguio Baguio
SM City San Pablo San Pablo
June 1, 2012 SM City Bacolod Bacolod
SM City Cagayan de Oro Cagayan de Oro
June 2, 2012 SM City Iloilo Iloilo
SM City Davao Davao
June 7, 2012 SM City Cebu Cebu
June 9, 2012 Capitol Grounds Laoag
June 10, 20121 SM City Sucat Parañaque
June 14, 2012 SM City Batangas Batangas
June 16, 2012 SM City Pampanga San Fernando
June 18–20, 20122 SM Mall of Asia Pasay
  • ^Note 1 The original schedule of auditions in SM Sucat is May 20, 2012
  • ^Note 2 The original schedule of auditions in SM Mall of Asia is June 20–21, 2012

After the city auditions, Protégé also gave the hopefuls an alternative way to audition via online.


After a series of auditions, a mentor chose eight hopefuls from the shortlist and those who passed from the online auditions. These eight aspiring protégés, which were composed of four boys and four girls, were called to come back for the final deliberation to determine the official four protégés. The other four protégés who were not chosen were eliminated.

The twenty semifinalists who failed to advance in the finals are as follows:

Mentor Location Male protégés Hometown Female protégés Hometown
Gina Alajar Southern Luzon Allan Arnold Palma Ivana Jane Villanueva
Evan James Evia Shara Jane Chavez
Jolina Magdangal Visayas Jhaymes Clark Caracuel Cebu Cris An Chavez Bacolod City
Kier Stephen Durano Danao City Kerchedel Allyssa Concepcion Bacolod City
Phillip Salvador Mindanao Archimedes Udaundo Davao City Pauline Go
Tomas Monteverde Trixia Pearl Ebita
Ricky Davao Northern & Central Luzon Isaac Jacob De Leon Dale David
John Cristopher Danan Kathryn David
Roderick Paulate Mega Manila Jason Salvador Nicole Donesa
Jimmy Noccon Xzania Ketz


Originally, there were four protégés per mentor for this season, totaling twenty protéges. However, during the first week of Top 10, each mentor chose one of his or her remaining protegés to stay under his or her guidance. The protégés who were not chosen were later picked by other mentors, making a new protégé-mentor tandem.

The twenty finalists were confirmed as follows:


     – Winner
     – Runner-up
Mentor Protégé Age Hometown Note
Gina Alajar Mykel Ong 20 Batangas
Thea Tolentino 15 Calamba City
Zandra Summer 18 Cebu Originally Jolina Magdangal's protégé
Jolina Magdangal
Jeric Gonzales 19 Calamba City Originally Gina Alajar's protégé
Mikoy Morales 18 Roxas City
Mitch Capili 15 Bohol
Phillip Salvador Apple Vega 20 Dipolog
Arny Ross 21 Dasmariñas Originally Gina Alajar's protégé
David John Llanas 19 Cagayan de Oro
Ruru Madrid 14 Zamboanga
Steffi Pacheco 16 Davao
Ricky Davao Bryan Benedict 21 Cebu Originally Jolina Magdangal's protégé
Glenn Roy 18 Tarlac
Reese Tayag 16 Tarlac
Shelly Hipolito 16 Nueva Ecija
Roderick Paulate Andres Vasquez 21 Taguig
Japs De Luna 20 Nueva Ecija Originally Ricky Davao's protégé
Elle Ramirez 18 Rizal
Kelly D. 15 Pasig City
Vien Alen King 19 Quezon Province

Weekly episodesEdit

Episode # Episode title Original air date
1"#ProtegeTop20"August 5, 2012 (2012-08-05)
The final twenty protégés were revealed.
2"#ProtegeBattleNight"August 12, 2012 (2012-08-12)
The finalists were tasked to do a musical. The said performances were the bases of the judges' verdict to determine who would be in the bottom two per region. The bottom ten (2 per region) have to defend their slot in the next gala night in order to stay in the competition. The losing protégé will be sent home.
3"#ProtegeShowdown"August 19, 2012 (2012-08-19)
The bottom ten performed individually. The judges voiced out their opinions about who stood out more but the decision was from the mentors of whom they would save.
4"#ProtegeMaryaSerye"August 26, 2012 (2012-08-26)

The top 15 protégés were featured in five short films with special guest celebrity, Diamond Star Ms. Maricel Soriano. Under the helm of Prix de la mise en scène awardee at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, Brillante Mendoza and written by Palanca awardee Floy Quintos.[8][9] Special awards were given to outstanding protégés:

  • Maricel Soriano's choice for Best Female Performance—Elle Ramirez
  • Maricel Soriano's choice for Best Male Performance—Andres Vasquez
  • Judges' Choice for Best Ensemble Performance—Team Visayas
  • Direk Brillante Mendoza's choice for Breakthrough Protégé Performance—Andres Vasquez

These awards guaranteed them an automatic save from elimination.

5"#ProtegeShock"September 2, 2012 (2012-09-02)

Each protégé was paired to a protégé from another mentor; each pair performed a duo in front of the judges.

The show revealed the first 2 "shocks": First, there will be four protégés who will be eliminated during the night, and second was that the mentors have to choose one of their protégés to stay under their guidance. Because of the unexpected twists, the mentors were not able to decide on who they will choose.

6"#ProtegeAfterShock"September 9, 2012 (2012-09-09)
The mentors finally chose their protégés who will stay under their guidance. Mentor Gina Alajar chose Thea Tolentino while mentor Ricky Davao chose Shelly Hipolito and mentor Jolina Magdangal chose Mikoy Morales. On the other hand, mentors Phillip Salvador and Roderick Paulate have only one protégé left each. As the gala night ends, the mentor chose another protégé from the other mentor's former protégés, signalling that that was the third "shock". The judges' role was to give their opinion to the mentors of who should be with whom.
7"#ProtegeMentorBattle"September 16, 2012 (2012-09-16)
The protégés, together with their mentors, performed on stage.
8"#ProtegeKapusoMatch"September 23, 2012 (2012-09-23)
The protégés showed their hosting skills to their guests, Ms. Lolit Solis and Bea Binene. Ms. Lolit Solis and Bea must portray a rude guest to test the protégés' ability in hosting especially with those kind of interviewees. On the gala night, the protégés performed on stage partnered by a Kapuso star. Elle Ramirez was paired to Mark Herras, Japs De Luna with Wynwyn Marquez, Shelly Hipolito to Rocco Nacino, Bryan Benedict to Kris Bernal, Zandra Summer to Aljur Abrenica, Thea Tolentino to Alden Richards, Mikoy Morales to Julie Anne San Jose, Jeric Gonzales with Louise delos Reyes and Ruru Madrid was partnered to Barbie Forteza.
9"#ProtegeSwitch"September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30)
A mentor has to give a task to the other mentor's protégé. The protégés are generally showed their singing skills.
10"#ProtegeNation"October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07)
The performances of the protégés were based from the requests of their respective fans. The mentors from season 1 (Aiza Seguerra, Claire de la Fuente, Imelda Papin, Jaya, Jay-R and Joey Generoso with Verni Varga) performed with the protégés on the gala night.
11"#ProtegeFinalBattle"October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)
This week was the first part of The Final Battle. The challenges that were given to the protégés were to be from the judges. Judge Annette Abrogar gave a challenge to Jeric Gonzales and Zandra Summer; judge Cherie Gil assigned the tasks to Thea Tolentino and Mikoy Morales; judge Bert de Leon to Ruru Madrid and judge Joey de Leon to Elle Ramirez.
12"#ProtegeFinalResults"October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21)
The final challenge was an acting challenge for the remaining six finalists. Jeric Gonzales portrayed Errol Ochoa in Coffee Prince, which is portrayed by Benjamin Alves. Zandra Summer, on the other hand, portrayed the lead role as Magdalena Fuentebella-Soriano in Magdalena, which is originally portrayed by Bela Padilla. Mikoy Morales played Mikael Daez's character in Sana ay Ikaw na Nga as Carlos Miguel Altamonte; while Elle Ramirez played Lualhati Salvador in Aso ni San Roque, which is originally portrayed by LJ Reyes. Ruru Madrid played the character of Derrick Monasterio as Iñigo Villamor in Paroa: Ang Kuwento ni Mariposa with Barbie Forteza. Thea Tolentino shared the scene with Heart Evangelista as the latter's younger sister, Luna Sandoval in Luna Blanca, which is originally portrayed by Bianca King.

Elimination chartEdit

Male Female Challenge Winner Winner Runner-Up
Did not Perform Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated
Date: (2012) 8/121 8/192 8/263 9/2 9/94 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/145 10/21
Place Protégé Mentor Result
1-2 Jeric Gonzales Winners
Thea Tolentino
3-6 Ruru Madrid Bottom 2 Bottom 5 Bottom 2 Runners-up
Mikoy Morales CW
Elle Ramirez CW
Zandra Summer Bottom 2 CW
7 Japs De Luna Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Bottom 5 Bottom 3 Elim
8 Bryan Benedict CW Bottom 5 Bottom 3 Elim
9 Shelly Hipolito Bottom 5 Bottom 5 Elim
10 Arny Ross Bottom 2 Elim
11-14 Vien Alen King Bottom 2 Bottom 3 Elim
David John Llanas
Steffi Pacheco
Andres Vasquez CW
15 Reese Tayag Elim
16-20 Mitch Capili Bottom 2 Elim
Kelly D. Bottom 2
Mykel Ong Bottom 2
Glenn Roy Bottom 2
Apple Vega Bottom 2

Mentor Key:

    Gina Alajar
    Ricky Davao
    Jolina Magdangal
    Roderick Paulate
    Phillip Salvador

^Note 1 There was no elimination held but the Bottom 2 from each region were chosen.
^Note 2 The bottom two protégés (from each region) competed between each other to defend their slot.
^Note 3 The challenge winners were the protégés who received special awards and were granted an immunity from elimination for that week.
^Note 4 As part of the shock, the mentors had to choose a new protege from the other "mentor less proteges" who performed that night. The gala night was a non-elimination night.
^Note 5 That gala night was already the first part of The Final Battle.

Awards and nominationsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Pansin na pansin ang kakaiba nilang closeness aktres nagkakagusto sa kapwa aktres!". Pilipino Star Ngayon. May 5, 2012.
  2. ^ "'Protégé' – in search of new stars". The Manila Times. May 27, 2012. Archived from the original on June 14, 2012.
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  5. ^ Rula, Gorgy. "Phillip, Gina at Ricky, mentors sa 'Protégé'". Abante Tonite.
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  8. ^ "PR: 'Protégé' Aspirants In Short Films With Maricel Soriano". August 5, 2012.
  9. ^ Jaramillo, Monching (August 24, 2012). "Maricel Soriano impressed with Protégé contestants: "Talaga namang on your toes sila lahat. Wala naman akong masabi."". Philippine Entertainment Portal.